Russia Ukraine War: Russia will try new offensive as early as May, says Zelensky 

Russia Ukraine War: Stated Russia is preparing a new offensive against Ukraine starting in late May or the summer. But Kiev has a clear battlefield plan of its own. Speaking a day after the second anniversary of Russia’s invasion, the ukrainian president said it was vital for Kiev and its western allies to remain united. He reiterated that Ukraine’s victory depends on continued western support. Zelensky told reporters, we will prepare for their assault. Their assault that began on October eigth has not brought any results.

I believe for our part we will prepare our plan and follow it, he said. 31,000 ukrainian soldiers had been killed since February 2022, giving the first official toll in more than a year. The russian foreign ministry rejected the Ukraine figure as untrue.

Russia Ukraine War:

Russia Ukraine War

The ukrainian president said troop rotations would be critically important for the war effort and emphasized that Kiev needed to be better prepared and it would need to better prepare its reserve force two years into the war. Moscow’s troops bear down along the sprawling 960 kilometer front line in Ukraine’s east and south. From shortages of artillery shells and the need for longer range missiles to a lack of fresh troops, problems are piling up for Ukraine.

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Zelensky said he was confident the US Congress would approve a major new batch of military and financial assistance and that Ukraine needed that decision within a month. He added that the European Union had only supplied 30% of the 1 million ammunition shells that were promised.

Russia secured its biggest battlefield gains since May 2023 this month as it captured the town of Avdivka, which ukrainian troops retreated from because they’d been surrounded, President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday, russian troops were pushed further into Ukraine to build on their success in Afdika. On Sunday, russian defence ministry said its forces had taken more advantageous positions near the town on Ukraine’s battlefield intentions.

Zelensky said Kiev had a clear plan to counter russian forces but that he would not disclose details that could compromise it. Kiev’s troops conducted a much vaunted counter offensive last year but were unable to pierce Russia’s defensive lines.

Zelensky said replacing his popular armed forces chief in a dramatic military shakeup this month was part of his military strategy that would remain under wraps. The ukrainian leader said earlier that Kiev’s plans for last year’s counter offensive had ended up on a desk in the Kremlin before the operation had even begun, but he didn’t say how. He said Kiev hopes to hold a summit in Switzerland this spring to discuss its vision for peace with its allies, adding the peace blueprint would later be presented to Russia. Russia Ukraine War

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